My first bonehead confession

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Forum topic by Miles King posted 03-19-2013 10:29 AM 950 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Miles King

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03-19-2013 10:29 AM

Not that this is my first bonehead move but it is my first one in the workshop that resulted in a minor injury. Apparently when removing a cutoff from my band saw’s table I stuck out my left hand’s index finger, like I was lifting a tea cup or something and my finger drifted into the still spinning blade. Only cut my fingernail and a little flesh (not much blood spilt) but still a surprise. And to make matters worse I watched my hand, never taking my eyes off the wood or the spinning blade but completely ignored my finger drifting into the blade’s path. Perhaps I need to purchase a new band saw with a brake.

-- Miles

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 03:24 AM

I did exactly the same thing when I first got my bandsaw! Now I keep a stick next to the saw for cut off removal. That blade moves for a long time after the saw is shut off!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 03:27 AM

We run several 36” Tannewitz band saws at work and it seems that no matter what we do, we can’t keep everyone from sticking their hands in the saw once every 6 months.

Setting the blade guard ~1/2” above the work piece helps…

Using push blocks and sticks helps too…

I’ve been fortunate and have never had a BS accident…. but then again, I don’t use my BS very often.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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Miles King

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 11:15 AM

Had I followed ssnvet’s recommendations I would not have cut my finger. Thanks for the recommendations. I will attempt to follow these common sense safety rules, such as blade guard position and using push sticks in the future. Only time will tell if I have the smarts to learn from past experiences.

-- Miles

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 12:33 PM

Tannewitz….now thats a bandsaw!!!!!!!like there tablesaws too…


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#5 posted 03-20-2013 01:13 PM

That was probably a worthwhile warning because that will make you more careful – or at least it should. I’m glad it wasn’t worse.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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